For 1,035 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Lives of Others
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Spielberg's inchoate attempts at cultural observation stretch the movie out and dilute the giddiness instead of adding a pleasurable spike. When the movie doesn't feel inflated, it feels soggy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Plunges into an imaginative landscape as large as all creation - and never slackens its barreling pace or shrinks its panoramic scope.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Man on the Train may be a modest film, but it offers privileged glimpses of transcendence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The genius of Garfield's performance is that he fills him with equal amounts of terror and wonder.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Holofcenere genuinely wants to make pictures that plug into an audience's need for intimate contemporary comedies. But she doesn't do enough to quench that thirst.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    At its best, the movie combines the musical and psychological meanings of a fugue. Sons and daughters and mother take up themes of dislocation and identity loss, and deepen them at every turn.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Sragow
    Once you get past the movie's needlessly fragmented framing device and its protracted introduction to a xenophobic rural Minnesota town, the core story gains some traction in your mind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Nolte brings this movie a piece of his heart, and grants us peace.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Its knockout success is a testament to Gore's eloquence and humanity and to the dexterity of his director, Davis Guggenheim.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Brilliant, brutally poignant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The whole movie swings broadly from slapstick and mock suspense to song. But the film develops a strong amorous undertow; Kelly's script neatly allows for all the potential couples to get the fate or comeuppance they deserve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    There's no innocence left in Shrek 2. The helter-skelter story and throwaway gags emerge from a sensibility that confuses gossipy knowingness and jadedness with wit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Instead of being supple and expansive like the book, this Little Children is heavy-handed and snarky.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Fantasy, not honesty, is the point of The Kid Stays in the Picture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The giddy excitement of Startup.com comes from feeling as if you're inside the bubble as it soars into the stratosphere - and pops.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Critically lacks Highsmith's sixth sense for drawing you into the heart and soul of sociopaths, then jolting you with the realization that things are much worse even than they seem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Experiencing this film is like hurtling down a verbal slalom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    By the end, Hamer's crisp, prickly compositions go soft.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A down-home-exquisite musical dramedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    It's hard to stomp on a movie that pulls together a rich lay-about, hippies, a punk girl and an Amnesty International worker in a sort of Peaceable Kingdom, but About a Boy shows the limits of affability.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Without proclaiming itself a wake-up call for the West, In This World cries out for some new method of achieving international trust.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Guerrilla provides one huge compensation: the getting of historical wisdom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The movie is an inspired comedy-drama about artistic temperament.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Infuriating and funny, the film forges a disturbing diagram from the avarice and chaos of a slapdash, heartless system.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Falls victim to flimsy characters and a love story that strains reality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Black Hawk Down, in the end, is a docudrama. But it's sensationally well done, and it opens up a battlefield that needed to be documented.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It's the pushiest film around - "in your face" is still in-your-face, even if the dancers are in white-face.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Humpday mixes hilarity with upset as the irresistible force of male pride meets the immovable object of sexual identity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Sea Inside brings us outside and inside ourselves, and takes us to brave new aesthetic depths.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Jumping off from the brilliant novel by Giles Foden and changing a key character entirely, it dramatizes and wrings humor from the way a white Western renegade can view a self-made Third World despot like Amin as a superman blowing fresh air into a fetid atmosphere.